The field for the 2015 Group 1 $3m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield today remains intact from numbers one to eighteen with all the four emergencies failing to gain a start.
Emergencies Quest For More, Complacent, Dibayani and Magic Hurricane were all eliminated at final scratching time this morning leaving the top eighteen to contest the glamour Spring Carnival staying contest.
Melbourne racegoers look set to have a beautiful day at the track with a maximum temperature of twenty degrees forecast while the Caulfield track has been rated a good 3 to start the day with the rail out 6m for the entire course.
The market order for the Caulfield Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au has virtually been unchanged this morning with Mongolian Khan remaining the $4.80 favourite.
English stayer Snow Sky also remains steady at $9 with the Ciaron Maher trained Set Square firming in from $10 to join him on the second line of betting.
The John O’Shea trained Hauraki has drifted slightly from $9 to $9.50 while last year’s runner up Rising Romance has remained steady at $10..
Sydney’s premiership trainer Chris Waller will saddle up three runners in the Caulfield Cup, Royal Descent at $18, Who Shot Thebarman at $26 and one of the outsiders of the field Grand Marshall at $51.
Waller rates Royal Descent with Glen Boss in the saddle as his best chance of the trio but admits she needs plenty of luck from the outside gate when he spoke to Racing HQ Saturday this morning.
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“I think she is clearly our best chance, awkward gate, barrier twenty-two, I think she will be eighteen,” Waller said.
“It just makes it tricky but if you look at her form and her lead up form is the right credentials for a Caulfield Cup. I think she gets into this race with less weight than she did with as a four year old and she was just a four year old filly.”
“She was half the horse that she is now in terms of strength, so that has to be a plus.”
“I just got a message from Glen Boss. He said last night the track was very firm. They must have put a bit of water on it overnight because he said that the track is perfect this morning.”
“She wouldn’t want it too firm late in the day but with a bit of give in it she will let down strong and needs a bit of luck.”.
Waller said that he would be happy to see his other two runners Who Shot Thebarman and Grand Marshall closing in on the placegetters as they head towards the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington inn just over two weeks time.
“He is going great,” Waller said about Who Shot Thebarman
“We will ride him quiet today from that wide gate, that will be a negative.”
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“He just needs to get on the back of the right horse at the right time. He is clearly a better horse at Flemington. Always struggles with the bends at Caulfield, so just bear that in mind.”
“I can’t fault him in heading towards the Melbourne Cup in two weeks time.”
Grand Marshall is the outsider of Waller’s team but he still expects him to run well.
“He is starting to get there against some pretty sharp horses. Likewise he is heading towards the Melbourne Cup and everything is going to plan at this stage and if he could run a nice fifth or sixth I would be over the moon.”
Caulfield Cup market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.80 Mongolian Khan, $8.50 Snow Sky, $9 Set Square, $9.50 Hauraki, $10 Rising Romance, $11 Fame Game, $18 Hokko Brave, Gust Of Wind, Royal Descent, $21 Our Ivanhowe, $26 Who Shot Thebarman, Volkstok’N’Barrell, $34 Trip To Paris, Lucia Valentina, $51 Grand Marshall, Protectionist, Magnapal, $151 Magicool.